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Chapter 3. Creating Graphics > Changing Stroke and Fill Colors

Changing Stroke and Fill Colors

Artwork created in Flash can have strokes and fills. Strokes and fills behave differently and are edited in different ways. A stroke is an outline. It describes the edges of a shape or it can be a simple line. You can create strokes with the Line tool or the Pencil tool. A fill is a solid shape, often contained or surrounded by a stroke. It is the surface area of a shape and can be a color, gradient, texture, or bitmap. Fills can be created with the Paintbrush tool and the Paint Bucket tool. The Oval, Rectangle, and Pen tool can create shapes with either a stroke or a fill, or both. You can edit the characteristics of strokes and fills, such as color, in several ways. If the shape is selected on the Stage, a color change to a stroke or fill can be made in any of the color palettes. Because Flash uses vectors to describe shapes, you can change their properties as much as you want without any loss in quality. It is important to grasp the concept behind them because they are the basis for drawing in Flash.

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Change the Stroke Color

1.
Click the Arrow tool in the Toolbar.

2.
Select the stroke of the shape by double-clicking it.

3.
Click the Stroke color box in the Toolbar.

4.
Select a new color from the palette.

Did You Know?

You can change the stroke color in three other places. Stroke color boxes are also located in the Property Inspector, the Color Mixer panel, and the Swatches panel. In all cases, select the stroke you want to change and choose a new color from any of the palettes.

You can change the line width and style of a stroke or set the stroke color to None in the Property Inspector. Click the stroke you want to change to select it, and then select any of the options in the Property Inspector. Setting the stroke color to None removes the stroke from the shape.


Change the Fill Color

1.
Click the Arrow tool in the Toolbar.

The pointer becomes an arrow.

2.
Click the fill of the shape to select it.

This is the area inside the stroke.

3.
Click the Fill color box in the Toolbar.

4.
Select a new color from the palette.

Did You Know?

You can change the fill color in three other places. Fill color boxes are also located in the Property Inspector, the Color Mixer, and the Swatches panel. Just select the fill and choose a new color from one of the palettes by clicking on a new color box.


See Also

See “Editing Fills with the Paint Bucket” on page 101 for information on changing the fill color.


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